Farmers in five northern Missouri counties have been released from restrictions on grazing cattle due to the lingering drought. The governor’s office says current dry conditions combined with forecasts for a dry summer have lead the US Department of Agriculture to release farmers from federal contracts restricting use on certain lands. Farmers in Gentry, Harrison, Linn, Nodaway and Worth Counties will be able to let their cattle graze Conservation Reserve Program land. Land placed in the CRP program normally must remain idle.